05/27 18:18 CDT Freeman extends hitting streak to 16 games, Dodgers beat Rays
Freeman extends hitting streak to 16 games, Dodgers beat Rays 6-5
By MARK DIDTLER
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --- Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 16
games, Max Muncy and Miguel Vargas homered, and the NL West-leading Los Angeles
Dodgers beat the MLB-best Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Saturday.
Freeman finished 2 for 3 with two walks and is hitting .444 (28 for 63) with 18
RBIs during his streak.
Mookie Betts had an RBI single and Freeman followed with a run-scoring double
off Colin Poche (3-1) as Los Angeles took a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning.
Vargas added a solo shot in the eighth.
Harold Ramrez hit the Rays' major league-leading 100th homer, but Tampa Bay
dropped to 25-6 at home.
Los Angeles has 84 home runs, which is second in the National League.
Neither starting pitcher, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw nor Tampa Bay
right-hander Tyler Glasnow, made it past the fifth inning.
Yency Almonte (3-0) worked a perfect sixth. Caleb Ferguson gave up Wander
Franco's RBI single before getting his second save.
Ferguson entered with one out in the ninth and allowed Taylor Walls' double.
After striking out Jose Siri and walking Yandy Daz, the left-hander permitted
Franco's single to center field before getting a game-ending grounder from
Glasnow went 4 1/3 innings in his season debut after being sidelined by a
strained left oblique. He allowed three runs and five hits while striking out
eight in an 83-pitch outing. The 6-foot-8 righty was limited to 39 games from
2019-22 due to injuries.
Kershaw went on the bereavement list Monday following the death of his mother.
He was activated Friday and gave up four runs on six hits over five innings.
Kershaw beat Glasnow twice in the 2020 World Series as the Dodgers defeated
Tampa Bay in six games. The lefty had also won his two prior regular-season
starts against the Rays, posting a 1.88 ERA.
Manuel Margot had a two-run single in the fourth, and Ramrez put the Rays
ahead 4-3 with his two-run homer to right.
Muncy, hitless in his previous 10 at-bats, connected on his 16th homer leading
off the second. He hit an RBI double in the fourth and scored on a wild pitch
to make it 3-0.
To make room for Glasnow on the roster, RHP Cooper Criswell was optioned to
Triple-A Durham one day after getting his first big league win.
Dodgers LHP Julio Uras (left hamstring) had his scheduled Saturday bullpen
session pushed back to Tuesday after experiencing some soreness throwing Friday.
Rays LHP Josh Fleming (1-0) will start or follow an opener against Dodgers
rookie RHP Gavin Stone (0-0) in Sunday's game that starts at 11:35 a.m. EDT,
which is 8:35 a.m. Los Angeles time.
"I was thinking about sleeping here. I've never stayed in the stadium," Dodgers
manager Dave Roberts joked.
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